Concert Preview: The Decemberists at Red Butte

If you like word folk songs, heavy with euphemisms and literary historical references, have I got the show for you!

The Decembrists play Red Butte Tuesday night—their return to Salt Lake after a joyous 2015 show at the same venue.

The band, who basically encompass everything about Portland, represent their home city in every way, from their quirkiness to their too-twee fashion choices. This is a live show made for Red Butte. So much in fact, that the last time they played Salt Lake and Red Butte, lead Singer Colin Meloy entered the stage wearing a suit and with a glass of red wine in hand. The Decemberists are definitely outdoor concert people—they would fit in just as well on the lawn as on the stage.

This is music for smart people. Nay, this is music for people who think they’re smart. I mean, who doesn’t like an encore featuring a whale prop during the murder ballad/sea shanty “The Mariners Revenge?”

See also: the headlines they’ve generated like “When Rock Stars Read Edmund Spenser” and “Five Literary Songs Not by The Decemberists.”

Say what you will, this is a band who has found their niche. I’ll see you at Red Butte, my fellow (you-think- you’re-so) smart people.

The Decemberists play Red Butte on Tuesday, August 15. Tickets are sold out.

Christie Marcy
Christie Marcy
Christie Marcy is a former managing editor at Salt Lake magazine. Though she writes about everything, she has a particular interest in arts and culture in Utah. In the summer months, you will find her at any given outdoor concert on any given night. In the winter, you will find her wishing for summer. Follow her on social media at @whynotboth.

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